A song with chord changes that really thrill you

Monday, December 19, 2011

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Even though I took several years of music theory in my pre-teen years, I remember nothing about chord progressions. I've Googled it a couple times and I still can't make too much sense of it all except to say that I'm pretty sure every song has chord progressions, so this question is presumably asking which song has the best melody (kind of).

My mind does not think of music in such terms (but it does with lyrics) and I'm not about to go back through my entire music library to figure out which chord progression most strikes my fancy, so I'm just going to pick a couple off the top of my head. None of these really "thrill" me.

I like "Cool With You" by Jennifer Love Hewitt, from her first American album, because the progression is simultaneously sad and hopeful, and an incredible reflection of the lyrics. I don't know the jargon, but it seems it's a three-chord progression/melody, one that lilts and sounds unfinished (I used to know the word for this).

It's no secret that I like sad songs, which translates almost always to songs in minor keys.

"Untouchable" by Taylor Swift (itself a way stripped down cover of a Luna Halo song) sounds, to me, a little different from many of the pop songs out there. Instead of immediately going down on the second chord, she chooses to go up, then down and down again. Plus, I fully appreciate the sadness of the song.

I guess the distinctiveness of many pop songs comes in the bridge.

Okay, that's probably enough for someone who doesn't really know what she's talking about.

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